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Saturday Book Review: “Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents The Call of the Cowboy,” “Reaching” and “Chester’s Masterpiece”

October 1st, 2011

David Bruins and Hilary Leung collaborated on “Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents the Call of the Cowboy.” (Kids Can Press, 2011, unpaged, $16.95). Wacky Boy (age 9) says, “I thought it was good. The art was nice. I liked the part with the cowboy wearing the hand on his head.” (I liked that a bear is one of the main characters, and the author’s name is Bruins. — wm) This book is appropriate for ages birth to ten or so, but older kids might find inspiration for art projects from the illustrations. Other books in the series include “Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents The Way of the Ninja” and “The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear.”

“Reaching” is a sweet book for younger children (up to age 7), but we liked it, too. (Kids Can Press, 2011, unpaged, $16.95.) A baby boy is shown love by all the members of his family, from his sister to his parents to his great-gran. The illustrations are lovely. “I think little kids would like this book because it is easy to understand and there aren’t very many difficult sentences,” says Wacky Boy.

“Chester’s Masterpiece” is the third in the Chester series by author Melanie Watt. (Kids Can Press, 2010, unpaged, $18.95 and worth every penny.) Melanie Watt has issues with her wild, artistically-gifted cat, Chester. He’s hidden all of her art supplies (and wait ’til you find out where). She and their friend the Mouse try to take charge, but Chester is intent upon writing and illustrating his own book, without their help.

So there.

Watt also created the Scaredy Squirrel series, which is a whole lot of fun, too. Wacky Boy says, “I like how Chester’s art all looks homemade. He’s a funny character. He’s out of control and Melanie can’t stop him.”

(We received free review copies of “The Call of the Cowboy” and “Reaching” from Kids Can Press, but the opinions expressed here are our own. Please see disclaimer.)

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